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Old 06-12-2014, 06:44 AM   #1
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"SMART TILES" BACKSPLASH AROUND COOKTOP

I did the "Smart Tile" backsplash around the cook top the other day. Below are before and after photos and here is a link to a "Slide Show" with a more step by step process of the project. Before I started the project, I tried to find the tiles at a couple of local "Home Depot" stores, but even though online it said the product was carried and in stock, it was not. So I went to the "Smart Tiles" website and ordered some samples. Once I made my choice, I shopped online and found that Home Depot had the best price with shipping so I ordered from them. I also ordered extra because I figured there might be a slight learning curve.

While waiting for the order to arrive, I reviewed the installation instructional video on the Smart Tiles and Home Depot websites a few times to get the procedure engrained in my brain. The rest was as easy as following the directions in the videos. I cleaned the area to be tiled with a solution of TSP to get it completely free of any grease and then began the project. I removed a couple of pieces of corner molding before starting and also removed the silicone sealant between the counter top and walls. I started by doing a dry run of the bottom row of tiles to make sure everything would layout nicely. One word of advice, make sure you clean up all of the old silicone well and that there are no little pieces left on the counter or the walls. I missed a piece at the very back corner and when I applied my first tile had a bubble at the bottom. So I had to remove the tile, clean up and start again. Although I could not re-use that tile, they are pretty forgiving and will allow for repositioning.

Because I was doing the work out at the rig, I just took a large cutting board from inside the house to use as my cutting surface. I used a 12" metal ruler and a 12" metal framing square for my cutting guides. I did not find it necessary to have a straight edge with a cork back as pointed out in one of the videos. Just hold the cutting guide firmly and you will be fine. To make my cuts I used a wallpapering knife (one of those knifes where you can break a piece of the blade off after each cut). When I got to the outlet, I used one of the peeled off adhesive back pieces of paper to make a template so I could check for fit before I cut up a tile. Once completed, I resealed with silicone and the project was done.

All in all I am pleased with the way the project turned out and I think it adds some character to the backsplash and in the case of our floor plan, has made the area much brighter than before. The tiles are very light weight easy to work with and look like glass tile. Total time was about 4 hours from start to finish and cost for 24 tiles was $173.00. Labor was free

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Old 06-12-2014, 06:59 AM   #2
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Looks great!! I especially appreciate your detailed commentary. So helpful!! Anxious to see it in person!!
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Old 06-12-2014, 07:47 AM   #3
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Looks great!
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Old 06-12-2014, 07:50 AM   #4
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Old 06-12-2014, 08:29 AM   #5
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Can't wait to see it in person. Ray may have another project in his future
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Old 06-12-2014, 10:57 AM   #6
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Great Mod! I fear thou hast caused me work!
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Old 06-12-2014, 11:14 AM   #7
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Yep looks classy a lot of folks here Including me have done that Mod as well, next is the bathroom and bedroom sinks
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Old 06-12-2014, 01:48 PM   #8
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Wow that looks great. You will have a lot of installs to do while your in Q :-)
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Old 06-12-2014, 02:15 PM   #9
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Wow that look great. You will have a lot of installs to do while your in Q :-)
Why wait for Q?? That is like seven months away. He has nothing to do at 7 Feathers next week. Sign him up now!!
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Old 06-12-2014, 02:41 PM   #10
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Looks good.
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Old 06-12-2014, 02:48 PM   #11
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Now, now, he has plenty to do AND he has signed up for golf! Even though he may not know it yet but I have him scheduled for a stove igniter installation. The warranty ran out on his last job so we just bought a new rig. He might be very busy!!
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Old 06-12-2014, 05:55 PM   #12
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Now, now, he has plenty to do AND he has signed up for golf! Even though he may not know it yet but I have him scheduled for a stove igniter installation. The warranty ran out on his last job so we just bought a new rig. He might be very busy!!
Ken,
Do you have the same range in you new rig as you did in your 3455?

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Looks really great!
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Old 06-13-2014, 07:43 PM   #15
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Nicely done, great job!
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Old 06-14-2014, 07:05 AM   #16
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It definitely customizes the place. Looks really "high end". Great Job!!

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Old 06-18-2014, 12:39 PM   #17
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LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT.....JOB WELL DONE. SOMETHING TO ADD TO MY "HONEY TO DO LIST".
THANK YOU FOR SHARING.
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Old 06-29-2014, 02:05 PM   #18
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My DW wants the Smart Tiles and we picked up some today. I noticed on the instructions it mentions they should not be installed less than 15" from a gas range. Where we want to put them is behind and beside the stove to brighten the space up and provide for easy cleanup for splatter.
I assume others have installed in a similar location. Any problems/concerns being that close to an open flame. Do the tiles get real hot when cooking something.?
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Never had a problem with that in 2 years that I have had mine the flame is not as hot in a rv range as it is a your home gas range and after a few thousand miles of travel they have not come loose either
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Old 06-29-2014, 04:30 PM   #20
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Great job!!! It looks wonderful! I am wanting to do something in that area too. The smart tiles look like a great option! I also want to do the stove install that they mention. I was supposed to do it at the Q but too many things to do and such a short time to do it in. So it will have to wait for another day. Enjoy your mod!
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